Hobnob with Karoo artists, designers and crafters
You would be surprised at how many artists, designers and crafters live and work in Prince Albert.
You can view their work in our galleries, or visit them at home. We put together a handy guide so that you do not miss a thing.
Aventurine Photo Safaris is an owner-operater business that seeks to provide our clients with memorable experiences, captured with expert advice and guidance in the most beautiful places specially selected for their aesthetic allure.
Your guide, Gita Claassen, is both a professional photographer with a decade of experience, and a nature guide with a special affinity for the Karoo, birds, geology and flora. On our trips and during our workshops you are assured of lots of one-on-one tuition, expert tips and tricks, and plenty of practical shooting, as well as help and advice with post-processing should you require it.
Aventurine Photo Safaris offers organised photo trips and workshops for individuals or groups of up to 6 persons, from the very fresh beginners in photography to the experienced.
We can also design custom made tours!
Prince Albert Beadkidz is a community project where a group of young people earn a small income by making and selling beaded items.
The flagship product of the group is the range known as “Prince Albert People”. These beaded fridge magnets depict the many people who make up our community – from grandmothers with babies on the hip, municipal workers and school girls to rock singers and ballet dancers.
Beaded windpompe are also a favourite with visitors who wish to take something of Prince Albert home.
The beaders work on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 pm – 5 pm at the Beadkidz container at the Cape Access Centre, Toegangspad, Rondomskrik, Prince Albert and visitors are welcome.
Beadkidz products are available at the Tourism Office, Lazy Lizard, the Swartberg Hotel Deli, O for Olive and every second Saturday at the local market.
Calligraphy is a lifestyle-it is dipping your pen into your heart, it s taking letters out of books and frames into everyday life, it is ‘disciplined freedom’.
Landkuns, slypskole, kalligrafie vir kunstenaars, letterkapkuns… mag die program elkeen opgewonde maak!
Land art, workshops, calligraphy for artists, stone carving… may the program inspire you!
Heleen de Haas offers a number of courses and workshops throughout the year at Die Letterhuis on the farm Aswater, 35 km from Prince Albert on the R407.
Download the programme for current classes and workshops from letterhuis.wixsite.com/letterhuis or find them on the calendar of events.
Please register as soon as you are able as most of the classes are restricted to 6 students.
To register, check availability by e-mail and pay a 50% deposit.
There is accommodation available on the farm.
Registreer asb so spoedig moontlik aangesien daar vir die meeste kursusse net plek vir 6 studente is.
Registreer deur per vonkpos seker te maak of daar nog plek is en dan ‘n 50% deposito te betaal.
Die plaas bied verblyf ook aan.
An art exhibition with a difference can be viewed as you wander round the streets of Prince Albert …we have works of art on our dustbins!
As Prince Albert prepared for its 250th anniversary year, one of our residents, John McKenna came up with a wonderful idea. He approached local artists and schools to convert oil drums into ‘works-of-art’, which do double duty as dustbins.
Some bins reflect the history of the buildings outside which they are situated, others highlight special features and aspects of our town, as seen through the eyes of our children and artists.
A handy guide to the bins is included in the app for Prince Albert.
A Great Karoo project that makes simply beautiful things for home and baby.
Visit the workshop on Mondays and Thursdays between 9 am and 1 pm.
Products on sale at Lazy Lizard, Lah-di-day and the Deli Shop at the Swartberg Hotel.
Phone the co-ordinator if you want to visit the workshop at different times or visit the online shop on their website.
Handmade Karoo Handgemaak has on average 25 participants who earn the income from what they make by hand – handmade livelihoods through handmade products.
With a focus on using the best quality, natural materials and attention to design and detail, the product range has developed over time to include unique items for home and baby, beautiful in its simplicity.
The weavery of Prince Albert was established in 1983, and in 2010 became known as Karoo Looms. Now specialising in the spinning, dying and handweaving of pure mohair rugs.
A visit to the weavery on your travels through Prince Albert is an absolute must, pop in and meet the highly skilled spinners and weavers and listen to the peacefulness as they sing soft tunes whilst working.
Positioned in the main road, next door to the Seven Arches building, the weavery is housed in the original bioskoop / cinema of Prince Albert, with it’s high pressed ceilings and rich history, which can be learnt of at the Fransie Pienaar museum directly opposite. The exterior of the building is adorned with the works of the late Kevin Hough, an artist who was well known to the community of Prince Albert at the time.
The weavery offers the visitor a wonderful experience in seeing the process involved whilst producing an entirely handmade mohair rug, a process which we invite you to partake in by customising a rug of your own which we will have shipped anywhere in the world for you.
The weavery gift shop also holds a range of exclusively designed rugs, along with a collection of fine weavings, from cushions to table runners, throws to bathmats and scarves to natural fibre knitting and crochet yarns.
Karoo Looms works with some of the worlds top designers and decorators, producing bespoke, exclusive rugs that boast quality, durability and pure luxury.
For any further information, please feel free to contact Sophia who will answer any questions and meet your requirements where possible.
Guided tours for larger groups can be organized, although this should please be arranged beforehand by contacting the weavery.
The Prince Albert Gallery was opened in 2002 and has sustained itself by showing and selling art to a wide range of South African and international visitors, often pleasantly surprised to find artwork of quality in a small rural town.
Monday to Friday – 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday – 9 am to 2 pm
Sunday – 10 am to 1 pm
Established by local artists for local artists, the Gallery welcomes other Karoo artists.
Visitors have enjoyed seeing, through artists’ eyes, how the wide open vistas and the quality of light in the Karoo inspire us.
Over the years, guest artists from farther afield have been invited for solo exhibitions.
The Gallery is located in the gracious Victorian building, Seven Arches
regularly shows the work of well known local artists.
Anya AdendorffSally Arnold
Philip Willem Badenhorst
Richard John Forbes
Cobus van Bosch
Viewing by appointment